Full text of "Grizzly"
Butler Community College's Magazine
HOW SAFE ARE WE?
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t&Ctory viot&y bring on the stress.
Most students today are juggling jobs, classes, homework, extracurricu-
lar activities, a social life, transferring, oh and how to pay for school and
where you are going to live or whether or not you will have a job when
you transfer there and just the simple act of applying. Doesn't sound too
stressful does it? Well, trying to transfer to University of Nebraska this
past few months has been anything but simple. All of the paperwork
involved and waiting is maddening. Even worse is focusing on two
schools at one time, because I still have to finish here first. So it's no
wonder that students today get overwhelmed easily. One little task piled
on another adds up to a lot, even to those students who might not be
dealing with transferring yet. As different as amounts of stress may
appear to be, we all do have those things like going to class and home-
work to worry about. Any student might be able to point at the other and
say they are less stressed then they are but you can't ever really know.
For example, I walk in to class four minutes late and, being a student
who is typically punctual, should send off a signal that I might have had a hectic morning. Some instructors
must not get that because the last thing anyone wants after running late, speeding to get to class and then
being pulled over is to be degraded for your occasional tardiness in front of everybody else in the room. But
it must be acceptable to them when the ever typical 'late to your own wedding' student strolls in every day
like this. Maybe this is why we have some of those attendance policies set up. Read more on page ten.
— Jennifer Chrapkowski
READY FOR SPRING BREAK.
So many students want to get out of town for spring break, and who
could blame them. Why stay is El Dorado, when you could go on a
cruise or go skiing, or just hang out with friends in your hometown?
Some people may think that wasting so much money for a few days of
vacation isn't worth it, but I think that a few days of getting away is just
what every student needs this time of year. Even if you don't spend hun-
dreds of dollars on a trip, spending quality time with friends is just as
good. As midterms approach us it gets crazy. Classes seem to consist of
never ending homework to prepare you for the big test. All of this push-
es a lot of students to a breaking point. Remember senioritis from back
in high school? Well for me it's floating around again. I don't know
exactly what you would call it but a major case has made its way to the
campus. I bet that there are many others out there thinking the same
thing, but what could be better than taking a break? The only benefit to
coming back from vacation is being so relaxed. I think that every student
should be able to have a good spring break to be able to make it through
the last half of the semester. Check out vacation spots fellow students
are going to and other tips for a successful spring break on page 24.
-That the yellow bracelets seen
everywhere from Hollywood
to Haverhill Road are more
than just a fad, they support
the Lance Armstrong
Foundation for cancer.
-Armstrong was diagnosed
with testicular cancer.
-He also underwent two sur-
geries, one to remove his can-
cerous testicle and another to
remove cancerous lesions on
-His cancer in the lungs and
brain was a result of spreading
from original testicular cancer.
-Faculty and staff park in general
ve to walk too!)
More information regarding
his foundation and where to
get the Livestrong bracelets is
available at www.laf.org.
- Over 30 million Livestrong bracelets have been sold.
- Experienced storm chasers offer classes to fellow inex
storm fanatics via tornado chaser.net
- Butler offers classes to become a firefighter.
4 CAMPUS Lift
8 ENROLLMENT FALLING
(O ATTENDANCE ISSVZS ARISING
12 ALUMNI STARS IN TOWN
(4 SCIENCE ON FIRE.'
(6 ARE WE TORNADO SAFE?
20 WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES
22 ARE SLAP BRACELETS BACK?
24 SPRING BREAK IS HERE.'
26 SPORTS AT A GLANCE
READY AND WAITING/ Stephanie Tatum, Mulvane
sophomore, waits her turn on the challenge course
with her fellow softball players.
Andre Calvin, Detroit, Mich, sophomore,
goes up for a dunk against Fort Scott. Read
the latest basketball coverage on page 26.
The Grizzly Staff
Contact the staff at (316) 323-6893
Butler Community College
901 S.Haverhill Road
Building 100, Room 104
Cover art by Kendall Brown
Back cover by Nicole Norris
Kenny Wilson, Liberal Freshman (above),
lays the ball up while playing a relaxing game of
basketball. Photo by Andrew Dorpinghaus
Iac Ray, Burlington Freshman (AB0V£>3ake~
part in bowling night as part of the Homecoming
activities the week of February 14. Photo by ^
Layout By Christina Crow
3UTLER STUDENTS (above) cheer on their favorite
lancer (below) for the dance contest that was held
luring halftime of the men's basketball game against
harden City Community College on January 26.
3 hotos by Andrew Dorpinghaus
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(Above) Collin Coffman, Wichita fresh
MAN, heats up his elbow before going out to
baseball practice. Photo by Jason Unruh
Students participated in a pie eating contest
(above) during halftime of the men's basketball game
against Colby on February 2. Photo by Andrew
Casey McCullough, Stillwater, Okla. Freshm
(left) makes a play by tagging a Friends University
player out at first base. Butler defeat-
ed Friends in both games on February 15. Photo by
Nick Eden, Valley Center sophomore
(right), relaxes outside the Student Union
serenading passersby on his guitar. Photo
by Andrew Dorpinghaus
(Above) Many students participate and work on
their balance in an afternoon dance class. Photo
by Andrew Dorpinghaus
Becky Far ha, Yates Center freshman (right),
practices on the piano in the 700 building. Photo
by Andrew Dorpinghaus
/ason Unruh, Maize Freshman (left),pre-
pares to line up the folio, a part of the news-
paper, that is to be later pasted down.
Photo by Christina Crow
By Nicole Norris
about, that is until enrollment for the next semester comes
rolling around the corner. Which is exactly what happened
between the end of the fall 2004 semester and the beginning
of the spring 2005 semester.
The student probation policy is the same for every student. Those
who are enrolled in a minimum of seven credit hours and earn less
than a 1.5 grade point average will be given a letter from the
Registrar. This letter basically lets the student know that they are
being placed on academic probation. This means, if at the end of the
following semester, the student has not raised his of her grade point
average to a minimum of 1.5, they will be placed on academic
Even so, the reason behind the number of students put on
probation last semester was more than just because of "their lack of
engagement in their academic program," says Bill Rinkenbaugh, Vice
President for Student Services, "even though it is the most common."
"The causes of students being placed on probation is as varied as
the numbers of students," comments Rinkenbaugh. Some of the key
factors that may cause an impact on students' grades include
transportation difficulties, childcare issues for single parents, or even
Student probation is not the only issue that contributed to this
spring enrollment drop. Another major factor had to do with the ice
storm, which slammed Kansas the first week of January.
"There were a lot of personal costs associated with the storm,"
says Rinkenbaugh. Students of all ages found themselves having to
deal with the ice storm, financially. There were costs for home
damages, hotel costs for those without electricity, costs for any
shredded trees and food costs.
"These costs took away a lot of resources that could have been
used for college classes," says Rinkenbaugh.
Enrollment for every semester constantly varies. For example,
Rinkenbaugh says, "there were 638 students placed on probation fall
2003. This compares to 548 students following spring 2004. This rep-
resents an increased of 90 students." The reason supporting
academic probation is because it is "primarily a wake-up call for the
"It is primarily a wake-up call for
student," comments Rinkenbaugh.
As far as the financial standpoint goes, since there was an increase
of 90 students over last spring, who returned from being on academic
probation, there is no significant negative affect on the college. So, all
LEARNING IN CLASS. These students are becoming more educated by sitting in on their teacher's lecture.
Unfortunately, for those who wanted to, this is something that not everyone is able to participate in, in the
beginning of this semester. Between transportation difficulties for some students, childcare issues for single
parents, other financial constraints and the ice storm, these all had a major contribution to some students who
were not able to return this semester. Time and money has so much to do with being in college. Sometimes it
doesn't seem like there is enough of either.
in all, the impact will be minimal. Rinkenbaugh says that none of this will greatly affect the enrollment of next
fall. "The admissions staff continues to work extremely hard to attract new students to Butler. And to date we
the student." -Bill Rinkenbaugh
have had about 500 more campus visits than a year ago. All of this inicates that enrollment this fall will be OK."
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Story by Nicole
Morris & Rachelle
tudents at Butler Community College
often complain about attendance poli-
, cies enforced by administrators. Why
does it seem the administrators at four
year universities, such as K-State or KU, don't
appear to care about the attendance of their stu-
dents? There are several reasons supporting
Butler's attendance policy that many students
don't take the time to think about.
The institutional policy for attendance
states, "Students are expected to attend all
scheduled classes and examination meetings.
Students are also expected to maintain satisfac-
tory progress in each of the classes in which
they are enrolled. Thus, whenever absences
become excessive and, in the instructor's opin-
ion, minimum course objectives cannot be met
due to absences, the students may, at the discre-
tion of the instructor, be withdrawn from the
course. Instructors are responsible for clearly
stating their attendance policy in the course
syllabus, and it is the student's responsibility to
be aware of those responsibilities."
According to Dean Patton he believes the
policy works pretty well.
"If we didn't have it, more students would
be less successful," says Patton. If you were to
stop and think about it you could see that the
policy is pretty reasonable.
Ms. Helen Barnes, Humanities and Arts
instructor, has diverse feelings about the atten-
dance policy, she says,
"If students do not want to attend class, they
won't, bottom line, no matter what the reflec-
tion on their grade. I think that knowing it
Photo by Andrew Dorphinghaus
who might tend to blow it off consider
"Students are not as motivated unless
someone has expectations of them," says
Patton, and most students agree with him.
Ashley Baxter, Manhattan freshman,
says, "I agree with the policy because it
encourages me to go to class, although, it
allows those who don't want to be in class
to be dropped, which makes room for those
who want to be in that particular course."
Although the policy does work, Dean
Patton believes that the instructor should be
more aware that the policy is flexible.
"I would like to see more teachers come
up with their own rules and policies," says
Patton. Teachers' own policies may include
awarding points for attendance or promising
to omit the final exam if the student has
"I like the idea of awarding points for
attendance, but do not favor cancelling out a
al," says Patton, "It takes the learning
perience away from the students."
"If you're passing, I think it's no
ablem missing a few days, but if you're
ling, the teacher has the right to drop
u," says Michael Mock, Clay Center
Even though there are a lot of
mplaints about having an attendance
licy, the outcome of students' impulse
end class supports the policy and shows
it it actually does work.
_j ihe attendance
policy is there to motivate
students to go to class. He
believes the policy is firm
overall, but also supports
the idea of instructors mod-
ifying it to their personal
preferences. This would
allow instructors to enforce
any or all of the polic;
which they believe is essen-
tial for the class.
[Photo bv Andrew
FLEXIBLE POLICY. Dr. John Jekinson, English and
Informal English instructor, has the right along with all
other instructors to modify the attendance policy to
enhance any particular statement in the guiding princip
If you ask most students at Butler why they came here, most would proba-
bly say because it is cheaper than a four year school. Or maybe because it
was close to home. Maybe it is because they are hoping that they will dis-
cover what it is they want to be when they grow up. For whatever reason,
you ended up here. The question you should be wondering is what is Butler
doing for you? What has Butler taught you that will help you in the future?
The easy answer is that you are here getting your general education
requirements out of the way. Butler enables students, like yourself, to do that
relatively cheaply. But other than the obvious, what IS Butler doing for you?
The best way to find out - ask someone who has been in your shoes. Why
not ask a Butler alumnus?
Kim L. Lawrence came to Butler as a non-traditional student, returning to
school after her son started high school.
"I was encouraged by my family and friends to continue my education
which was one of my life goals," she explains.
She graduated in 1989. She not only graduated but took her goal very
seriously. She was not only an Order of the Purple recipient but she was also
an R. D. Hubbard Scholarship nominee.
After graduation, she took some time off. She took a job on campus as
the Alumni Director. She wasn't done there.
"I loved the Butler campus and took a job as the Alumni Director while
my son was in high school, but wanted to continue my education so, when
my son graduated from high school, I also went to Kansas State University
and completed my Bachelor's Degree in family studies/human ecology and
design, graduating in 1996."
She was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Kappa
Omicron Nu Honor Society, and the Human Ecology Honors Program.
The successes she achieved in college would soon be expanded.
Upon returning to El Dorado, she began to concentrate on how to use her
new found skills in starting a business.
WhattaCrock, Inc. was the end result. Lawrence established WhattaCrock
in 1999 as a home-based business.
These home-made, made by hand, cus-
tom candles are quite the buzz.
"We received the honor of 'Best in
Show/Best Theme of Product' at the Kansas
Expo in Topeka and recently became a
member of the FLOK, From the Land of
The business is doing so well that they
are planning a move.
"We are currently located at 140 N.
Main St. in El Dorado, but, are planning a
move very soon to expand the manufactur-
ing aspect of our company. We recently
attended the Kansas City Gift Market and
now have our product in five states and plan
on expanding that even further in the com-
ing months. We are a wholesale company
but, one of our new lines is the corporate
logo business which is also done for indi-
viduals and companies and this aspect of
our company is growing every day."
As the CEO of the company, she takes
on all aspects of production.
"I am the CEO and have learned that
title encompasses many hats such as design,
art work, and all the day to day work of the
"I believe that the ground-up approach
of our company makes the business more of
a personal product and so, we do all the
phases entirely by hand.
"I currently have no full time employees
but rely heavily on family and friends who
help me as we expand. My husband has
been a rock for me and helps me in his
"The company is now working on all the
details of expansion, one of which includes
hiring and training. We never want the
product to become cookie cutter crocks and
thus we want to take the time to train indi-
viduals to continue the process of making
each and every WhattaCrock by hand."
You may be thinking "Hey that sounds
great, but what does Butler have to do with
that?" Here's your answer.
"I truly believe that Butler helped
set the foundation that gave me the
confidence and the knowledge to
pursue my goals by instilling a
strong work ethic and self confidence
to challenge myself to achieve.
"I went on to a much bigger col-
lege environment at Kansas State
University and was very well pre-
pared from by Butler experience. I
believe that by attending Butler and
having the smaller classroom and
one on one exposure to the teachers
and students I was more aware of
what to expect from a four year col-
lege, which made the transition easi-
"I will always cherish my Butler
College memories of which I made
life long friendships with both the
other students as well as with many
of the faculty."
Like everything, Butler has
changed a little since she graduated
in 1989, but to Lawrence, it hasn't
changed that much.
"I watch as Butler expands and
updates but I still see Butler as the
friendly, welcoming campus I will
As you can see, Butler can do a
lot for you - if you take advantage of
it. So next time you are out with
some of the friends you've met in
class, sitting through a lecture, or just
roaming around campus, stop and
take a second. Take it all in.
Appreciate it for what it is - an
opportunity. A chance to grow. The
possibility to become something that
you have always wanted to become.
Just think, one day, you may get a
call from a budding newspaper or
magazine reporter wanting to know
how Butler changed your life. Will
you have a good answer for them?
Pictures Courtesy of Kim L Lawrence, CEO
www. whattacrock. com
r n a basement in downtown El Dorado you will
find Butler student Tim Shumate studying for his
Biology class. Shumate, and his five roommates,
l. spend most of their time in this basement where,
like any student, they study, sleep and watch TV.
However, unlike most students, they are firemen in
training living below the El Dorado Fire Station.
The idea came from El Dorado Fire Chief Ralph
Green who wanted to give students of the Butler Fire
Science program a chance to see what it's like to not
only work as firemen but to live like them too. His
plan was to immerse students into the environment of
a fire department by having them live in one.
However, this idea never happened due to budget
constraints. It wasn't until last semester that Green's
vision became a reality.
The Butler Fire Science Residence Program pro-
vides living accommodations for eager Butler Fire
Science students. Students in the Fire Science pro-
gram study alongside actual Butler County Fire and
EMS to receive the credits they need to become reg-
Living at the station is not a requirement but it
does provide valuable experience and knowledge that
cannot be obtained in an ordinary college class.
"Riding out at two in the morning to check a house
for smoke is nothing you can learn in the classroom,"
says Instructor Tony Yaghijan. Yaghijan has been
with the Buter Fire Department for seven years and
has also received his training through the fire science
program back in its early years before the residency
program was established.
Living together with six people in the same room
can be quite an experience. The live-in students
spend a lot of time in the basement where they live
and have a majority of their fire science classes.
"It can be hectic sometimes," says freshman Justin
Mawhirter, "especially in the morning when you have
to use the bathroom."
Hours of hard work and studying are expected of
the residency students. "It's a busy crowd here, you
never have too much down time between studying
and working up here (in the fire station)," says
STORY BY DANIEL PEWEWAR
Layout by R ache lle Poir ier
Shumate, whose days are filled.
"Usually, I get up about six o'clock. We then usu-
ally do our fitness plan and go to the Y from about 7
to 7:30 and work out for about an hour. From then
on I'm either on shift or I usually just go through my
day and go to class." Tim also works part time at a
The students get most of their training in a small
classroom in the basment of the Fire Station. They
WHERE THERE'S SMOKE THERE'S FIRE. Firefighter
students receive their hands on experience by putting
out man made fires as part of their drills. Their prac-
tice will give them the courage to some day answer
the call of a burning residence.
Photo courtesy of the El Dorado Fire Department.
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also train at 1 2 other locations including the El
Dorado Civic Center, McConnell, Andover Fire
Rescue, and El Dorado EMS Station. They train in
all areas of fire and emergency safety, ranging from
the basic principles of firefighting, to crash victim
extraction and also firefighter agility and fitness, to
obtain their Firefighter 1 and 2 certificates. The cer-
tificates are needed to be registered firefighters.
The lessons learned by the students are far from
obtained just in the classroom. All the students living
at the fire station have all completed their
hoto by Andrew Dor ping
firefighters. When on call they are required to wear a
uniform that consists of khaki pants, a Butler Fire
Rescue collared shirt and a belt which has their
pagers and two way radios. "It gives them an obliga-
tion," says Yaghijan, who feels that uniforms help
Like most Butler students, they continue their
education either by taking their fire science courses at
the station or their core requirements at the El Dorado
campus. However, when their pagers go off they
spring into action, immediately transforming from
average college student into trained firefighter.
They have homework to)
have homework, even those who live beneath
the firehouse like Tim Shumate. Photo by
LIKE A GIANT CAN OPENERf Firefighters answer many diverse
emergency calls other than fires, such as severe car accidents
where the jaws of life would be needed.
Photo courtesy of the El Dorado Fire Department.
DREAM ON. Brandon Hurt eats, sleeps, lounges
and studies in the El Dorado firehouse. ,
Photo by Andrew Dorpinghaus
UUhot you should know about
By Rachelle Pom
Photo courtly of www.leesweather.com
omado is not such an uncommon term
when you live in the heart of Tornado Alley.
Tornado Alley stretches across the United
»- States from Texas to North Dakota and
spreads from Colorado to Ohio. According to "Where
is Tornado Alley?" (www.tornado chasers.net/tor-
nadoalley.html), the alley represents where the most
violent tornadoes are likely to occur. Nebraska,
Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are considered the heart
of Tornado Alley.
Practically everyone knows what the blaring of
the sirens means during a severe thunderstorm, but is
everyone prepared if one is roaring down a path
headed in your direction? Do you know what actions
they continued with their travels. Behind them, were
damaged homes and roadways across Mulvane.
Troy Snedeker was lucky. The police officer was
there to direct him, along with the others, to
safety. But what if there wasn't anyone around to
The first step is understanding where a tornado
comes from. This way, you know what signs to look
out for in the event of severe storm.
According to "Severe Thunderstorm" (www.disas-
tereducation.org), all storms, no matter what their
size, are dangerous. "They all produce lightning,
which kills more people each year than tornadoes and
"While taking shelter in a ditch parallel to K15, my brother
managed to take a picture with his cell phone of the twister
across the street in a field." -Troy Snedeker
to take if you're in the path of a twister and you're at
home, in your car, or in the outdoors?
Troy Snedeker, Wichita sophomore, survived a tor-
nado while driving in his car in May last year.
"My brothers and I were headed to Wichita from
Winfield in a severe storm," says Snedeker.
"We kept driving, hoping we would make it home
before it got much worse."
Before they made it home, they noticed a tornado
approximately 200 yards from their location.
"We drove up to a bunch of cars pulled over
and Derby. As we
got closer to them,
we noticed a police
officer waving peo-
pie to pull over to (
avoid the flying
The boys took
shelter in a ditch
parallel to Kl 5
where they had a fc
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clear view of the twister. "My brother managed to
take a picture of the tornado with his cell phone when
it was across the street in a field," says Snedeker,
"We weren't scared because we knew it was headed
away from us."
The twister soon headed out of their trail home so
"Severe Thunderstorm" also says that larg-
er and stronger storms are classified as severe
if the storm "produces hail at least 3/4 of an
inch in diameter, has wind gusts of 58 mph or
produces a tornado." Severe storms can pro-
duce other dangerous factors as well, such as
"heavy rain, which can lead to flash flooding,
A severe thunderstorm also produces "high
winds which can cause damage to homes,
overturn vehicles, and blow down trees and
-^~ spread power
J N • } Disaster"
i files.org) says
between air at
Photo.cpurtesy of various alti-
www.leesweather.com ' tude, humidity
and temperatures cause rain, lightning, air cir-
culation and strengthening of the rotating
updraft, which is called a 'mesocyclone'.
Low-level wind helps cause this rotation,
which is almost always counter-clockwise in
the Northern Hemisphere."
Courtesy of NOAA/ NCAR
WE'RE mi Did
you know this hailstone landed in
Coffeyville (Sept. 3, 1970), at 5.6"in diame-
ter weighing 1.67 lbs, and is one of the
lareest ever recorded.
DID YOU KNOW:
'Kansas holds the record for the highest
number of F5 tornadoes since 1880.
*One of the worst things you can do during
a tornado is to hide under an overpass.
*One of the worst tornado outbreaks
across the US occurred on May 3-4,
*The worst tornado outbreak occurred on
April 3-4, 1971, when 147 twisters
touched down in 13 different states.
*Ten other states, not included in Tornado
Alley, also have many tornadoes.
*Most tornadoes rotate counterclockwise
in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise
south of the equator.
*Before 1950 the word 'tornado' in forecasts
was often discouraged or forbidden
because of the fear of panic.
*Winds from the strongest tornadoes are
stronger than strongest hurricanes but
cause a lot less damage.
At this stage, there is a strong possibility that a
tornado can be formed, so a tornado watch may
be issued by the National Weather Service. The
American Red Cross says a tornado watch simply
means there is a chance of a tornado in your area.
"Tornado Disaster" continues to say, "a tornado
may form below the mesocyclone. As the spinning
air column narrows, it rotates faster and extends
higher into the storm."
If a tornado has been sighted, by sight or radar,
then a tornado warning will be issued by the
National Weather Service.
If a tornado watch is issued, you should locate
your safe place and double check that a disaster
supply kit is situated. According to the American
Red Cross, "you should take shelter in your base-
ment or, if there is no basement, a central hallway,
bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor."
If you are in a high rise building, you may not
have enough time to go to the lowest floor, so the
Red Cross suggests you take shelter in the center
of the building.
HARPER COUNTY. This twister touched down on May
29, 2004. Photo via internet by Jesse V Bass III
According to The American Red Cross
First Aid kit and
Canned food and
bedding, or sleeping
"If you are outside when a warning is issued,
you should still take shelter in a basement of a
nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-
riding area. If you are in your car or mobile
home, you should get out immediately, and head
The amount of damage left by a tornado
depends on the Fujita Scale of the tornado,
which considers the damage to be anywhere
between gale and inconceivable. (See scale
below) According to "Where is Tornado Alley?"
Kansas holds the record of the highest number
of F5 tornadoes since 1880.
March marks the beginning of tornado sea-
son, when the majority of tornadoes touch down.
Be sure to pay attention to weather forecasts to
be aware when a storm is heading in your direc-
tion. Know where your safe place is located and
be sure to put together a disaster safety kit.
Preparation is the most significant way to be
ready when severe weather strikes.
F-Scale # Wind Speed
TOUCH DOWN.' A
twister touches down in
Mulvane on June 12, 2004.
Photo via internet at
and extra batteries.
Ipecial items tor on how to turn off
infant, elderly, or electricity, gas, and
disabled members water if authorities
advise you ti
(You'll need a profession-
al to turn natural gas
service back on)
During the week of February 14-18 the Butler Theatre
Department put on their annual children's production
"Tokoloshe." The play is written by Peter Scholtz and
directed by Butler Theatre Instructor Gina Austin-
resh. This one-act play was presented to the area's elementary schools
uring the week and to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 19.
Before the department could put the play on, they took months
3 put it all together. First the students had to audition for it, then who-
ver got the parts had to practice for at least two hours a day. After their
ractices the crew went to work steadily from 3-5 p.m. to put the set
)gether. Only one week before, the crew got all the lighting set up the
r ay they needed it with the help of technical director Bernie Wonsetler.
Lfter all this hard work the crew was ready to sit back and enjoy per-
)rming for their young audiences.
This play was about a young girl named Thandi from the Zulu
ibe in Africa. She catches a strange fish, named Tokoloshe, the most
lischievous river spirit and trickster in Zulu Folklore. In return for his
eedom, Tokoloshe promises to serve Thandi. This play was full of sur-
rises, with celebrating respect, freedom and loyalty as a foundation of
iendship, a great play for the children to watch and enjoy.
Members of the casting crew (top left) work
on a scene from the play. (Top right), other
members of the play take a break from their
scene and watch and support their fellow cast
members. (Above) After the play each day,
the cast stood outside and greeted the ele-
mentary kids who came to watch.
Story by Jennifer Chpapkowski
^^he latest fashion trend to become "in" since
slap bracelets (you know you remember
those) has made its way from coast to coast,
- but they aren't just for show.
The yellow Livestrong bracelets started by Lance
Armstrong have their proceeds go to the Lance
Armstrong Foundation for cancer. Over 30 million
bracelets have been sold so far. They have led the
way for this new craze leaving other foundations to
try and profit from this as well.
These silicone bracelets are made for everything
now, with the option of even having them personal-
ized. The color possibilities are endless as well.
Pink bracelets are available to show support for
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. They say
"FIND THE CURE."
Juvenile diabetes has a blue bracelet supporting
the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center in New York. The
bracelet says "CURE DIABETES TODAY."
A few other colors in support of cancer are the
light blue for prostate cancer, gold for childhood can-
cer and orange for Lupus.
But they are not all just for cancers.
They have many patriotic bracelets available to
support the troops deployed overseas. A red, white
and blue bracelet that says "SUPPORT OUR
TROOPS" and also comes in yellow and a camou-
Manhattanville College in New York has started
a fundraiser to not only donate money but to adopt a
pen pal over seas. The program is called "My sol-
After registering for a soldier to adopt they will
mail you a package with instructions/guidelines on
what you can or can't write along with a red bracelet
that says "MY SOLDIER."
Donations are encouraged but not required.
Letters are the only thing participants have to mail,
but the troops always appreciate care packages.
The idea is win-win for everyone, the troops get
the support from real people that they need and the
pen pals get a trendy bracelet.
Schools have across the state have sold these as
University of Kansas has a blue "ROCK JOCK",
Butler has had a variation of these that say "GRIZ-
Most schools are selling them as a way to show
The recent Tsunami has also made its way into
this trend with bracelets that say "TSUNAMI SUP-
Nearly every company has taken their dip into
this new trend and have exploited these noble causes.
Nike is one of the major companies to jump on
the bandwagon with messages ranging from sports
phrases to the infamous Nike swoosh.
Several other generic companies are selling these
in bulk with countless possibilities. These companies
web sites feature a rainbow of colors for each cause.
Of all things to make scented, they have chosen
bracelets. Imagine having someone walk up to you
and ask to sniff your arm.
Hopefully that doesn't last.
Showing their support.
All over campus students are
wearing these bracelets. Some
are just hanging out like Tiya
Tatum, Liberal, sophomore
(below), wearing her LIVE-
STRONG bracelet as she drives
around campus. And even
Tonya Nawton, Salina, sopho-
more (Right) as she warms up
on an exercise bike before
Brain Cancer - Gray
Breast Cancer - Pink
Culuu Ciiinjyr - Royal Blue
Color win! Csme&r - Brown
Lung Cancer - Clear
Melanoma - Black
Ovarian, Cervical Cancer - Teal
Prostate Cancer - Light Blue
Other Cancers - Lavender
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students doing for
BY RACHELLE POIRIER
Students exhaust themselves all year by dedicating
their time to their education. Other than winter and
summer vacation between semesters, students find
themselves striving for national holidays which
relieves them with an extended weekend. But by far, the
most anticipated vacation time for students during the school
year has to be Spring Break.A whole week to spend their
time at their own discretion.
MTV supports this break by broadcasting from "the only
place to be for spring break," in Daytona, Fla. Special dis-
counts are available for high school and college students
who want in on the fun.
Okay, so the biggest party is in Daytona, but not all stu-
dents are making the trip to the Sunshine State.
So how are the other students spending their free time in
For some it's too early to tell. Josephine Lea, Derby
freshman, says she doesn't know what her plans are exactly
but she would like to travel with her friends during the
(popuCar Spring (Breaf^
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Key West, Fla.
l anama City, Fla.
South Beach, Miami, Fla.
uth Padre Island, Texas
Students awvmb campus
out of country
out of state
Just hanging out
Dn a poll of 100 students
Brock Shmidt, Newton freshman, says he will "probably go
skiing in Vail, Colo, with friends."
For others, the break signifies an extra opportunity for
labor. "I plan to work at a local restaurant in my hometown, "
says Hayley Haskin, Greensburg freshman. Money is the main
factor holding Haskin back from traveling to Florida or Texas
to attend major parties. But for her, it's not that big of a disap-
pointment since she usually doesn't travel during Spring Break.
The break also allows students to take advantage of the
extra free time by planning for the future. Britny Kuenstler, COOLING DOWN IN SPRING.' Bryce Taber,
Abilene, Texas, sophomore, is traveling to Fort Collins, Colo. Wichita freshman, expresses himself,
to scout out a new home where she will be attending Colorado snowboarding at the Keystone snowboarding
State University in the fall. She's making the trip with her park,
roommate and their moms.
The break is a perfect opportunity to slow down and take a
breath from all the chaos of the education world. No matter
how the extra time is spent, whether it is occupied by work,
traveling or just staying home and relaxing with friends, the
time is handed to you, enabling you to catch up with all the
things that you have lost track of during the school year.
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A Rough Road
for mens Basketball
By Jeremy Costello
[he season for the men's basketball team has been an adventure. It
could be compared to going down a dangerous river. There are several
winding turns and surprises, unforeseen dips, a few snags and snatches
of both calm and rapid waters. And who knows when a storm will pop
out of nowhere. The Grizzlies got off to a great start. They were winning at
home and on the road. Many players were getting involved. Returning starters
AJ Calvin, Detroit, Mich, sophomore, Brian Ross, Pratt sophomore and Kevin
Menifee, McKeesport, Penn. sophomore, were the leaders and workhorses for
the team. Corey Bailey, Tampa, Fla. freshman, proved to be an invaluable addi-
tion and recruit for the team. You could tell that there was talent on this team when night in and night out you
would wonder when Bailey would just bust loose and wreak havoc on the unfortunate defender guarding him
that night. You wanted see if Ross would catch fire from the three point line, or if Calvin would make one of
those behind the back passes you see on Sportscenter's top ten plays.
The Grizzlies were also one of the deepest teams in the conference and everyone on the bench fit his role
on the team perfectly. Things seemed like they would be smooth sailing and Butler would do some damage in
But then the team hit a few rocks on the river. Underneath the seemingly calm waters was some controver-
sy, including a couple of disagreements between players and coaches. Head coach Dennis Helms made a state-
ment to the fans, giving reasons why they should come out to the Power Plant.
The fans will always flock to Galen Blackmore Stadium to watch the football team. No, the basketball
team is not going to win the national championship, but there are still plenty of reasons why the Power Plant
should be packed for the Grizzlies' home games.
Despite all of that, the Grizzlies had an 11-3 record after the first game of the new year. The team seemed
to be sticking to the course.
But then, some of these unforeseen dips appeared, causing some setbacks. Two of the players, Bailey and Kyle
Younkin, Junction City freshman, were lost for the rest of the season. Bailey stayed at his hometown in Florida to
be near his family and girlfriend and Younkin had some academic concerns, according to the coaching staff. Okay,
that was a situation the Grizzlies did not need or were prepared to handle, but the team had to move on.
The ride only got bumpier. The Grizzlies lost their next five games, all of which were against conference
opponents. Butler fell in the standings faster than the speed of a white water rapid. To make matters worse,
another player, C J Milum, Wichita freshman, simply walked out of a practice and, in essence, left the team.
Then a huge storm broke out. Lance Harris, Wichita freshman, lost his father, Leon, to a heart attack. The rest
of the Butler players did what I consider to be one of the classiest and inspiring things a team could do in a sit-
uation like that. In the first game after the tragic event against Garden City, the team wore a black patch on
their jerseys and held up an 'L' in the air to show that the performance was for Lance and his father. The
Grizzlies played the best game they played all season.
They showed a lot of heart, as well as pride and it showed. The game was almost a constant highlight reel
as there was one dunk after another, unbelievable passing and terrific shooting. Everything led to a 76-64 vic-
tory, which was the first conference win for the team.
Though the destination is not yet in sight, there is plenty of hope for a team that has had everything come
against it. But you can't help but wonder. If none of those players left in the middle of the season, if there were
no distractions off the court and sorrowing events did not engulf the team, just how good could they have
been? Now that would be something to watch.
Women under new
By Steve Barnack
The Butler women's basketball team is used
to facing adversity with two players quit-
ting for personal reasons and one starter
lost to injury, but imagine your head coach
not being there after the semester break.
What do you do?
Enter assistant head coach Melissa Fullmer who
has replaced Earl Diddle as Butler's head coach for
the remainder of the year.
Reason why, you ask? Because Coach Diddle
split for a new gig at Howard College in Big Spring,
At Howard, Diddle will have 12-15 full-ride
scholarships available for recruits, and no limit on
out-of-state players. As a bonus to Diddle, there is
no football program at Howard.
Even though Fullmer is currently 3-8 as Butler's
head coach, don't let the record tell the tale of the
"It's a good opportunity for me. I've had a lot
thrown on my plate (with the promotion)," Fullmer
Fullmer definitely brings a new style to the mix.
A lot of players think she is a little more relaxed and
a little more focused. Fullmer doesn't plan to change
the style of play that the team has come accustomed
to playing under former coach Diddle.
Before coming to Butler, Fullmer served as an
assistant coach at Northeastern State, leading the
Lady Reds to the sweet sixteen round of the NCAA
Division II tournament with 25-8 record.
Fullmer is coming in with impressive credentials.
She played basketball at Gravette High School in
Arkansas where she became the school's all-time
scoring leader. She went on to play college ball at
Crowder College in Neosho, Mo. for two years,
earning all-region honors. She finished her college
playing career at Northeastern State University, Okla.
There, she was two-time all-conference player and
led her team in scoring and rebounding as a senior.
When Fullmer took over as head coach, she, like
everyone else, was a little surprised. The timing
couldn't have been any worse. The Lady Grizzlies
"We fear no one and we
have nothing to lose,"
- Coach Melissa Fullmer
had to travel to Seward County to take on one of the
toughest opponents in the conference. They lost 77-
59. The next game was at home against Pratt. Pratt
had been on a hot streak, defeating division leader
Dodge City. The Lady Grizzlies lost 65-58.
Despite the losses, the team took things in a posi-
tive manner, including the coach.
"It's always important to stay positive," Fullmer
said. "I make sure to encourage them all the time as
we continue to improve."
Keeping that positive attitude helped the team in its
next game as the Lady Grizzlies got their first win in
the conference and first win for coach Fullmer, defeat-
ing Cloud County 84-79 in overtime.
The Lady Grizzlies went on a two game skid fol-
lowing the huge win, losing to Barton County and
Dodge City. But the team rebounded with a win
against Garden City.
"We played that game with a lot of confidence,"
Erica Ruckman, Fort Wayne, Ind. sophomore, said.
"We expected to win." Coach Fullmer said that it was
important that the team continues to believe in them-
selves and believe that they can win games.
"We fear no one and we have nothing to lose,"
Even though the Lady Grizzlies were picked to fin-
ish last, Fullmer said that they should expect them-
selves to be competitive. Hopefully after the season,
Fullmer 's hard-earned efforts will pay off and Athletic
Director Todd Carter will giver Fullmer the job indef-
initely. Best of wishes and luck to you Coach Fullmer
in the future.
STORY BY MATT ANDERSON
LAYOUT 6Y JENNIFER CHRAPKOWSKI
PHOTOS BY ANDREW DORPHINGHAUS
As the Butler Cross Country men's and women's teams
got their National Championship rings for participat-
ing in the NJCAA half-marathon, other awards were
handed out as well. Both teams, who had an excellent
season this year, had a couple of All Americans represented at Butler.
All Americans were Diane Nukuri from Canada, Annie Mosier,
Riley sophomore and Bobby Reyes, Dacula, Ga. sophomore.
As the best runner maybe of all time here at Butler, freshman
Diane Nukuri was definitely one of the picks to represent Butler
for the All American list.
'This is an opportunity of a lifetime," says head coach Kirk
Hunter, "she is the best woman athlete I have ever coached."
Nukuri, at the age of 15, ran in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Not picking Nukuri would be an outrage as she won just about
every meet she ran and set many meet and school records this
Annie Mosier, a number three runner who was also a top per-
former this year, finished in the top ten many times.
With a rough begining she was able to pull off a huge accom-
plishment. "I gave it everything I had, you can't ask for more
than that," says Mosier.
Bobby Reyes finished second with a time of 27:04.37.
"Bobby did great at nationals. He ran an incredible race," says
"I was beaten up at the beginning of the year, but I kept work-
ing at it and it paid off," says Reyes.
So with the Grizzlies receiving a ring this year, the cross country
teams got three representatives as All Americans: Nukuri, Reyes
"I was extremely pleased with the way we ended the season,"
says Hunter. Bobby Reyes
PEP TALK. The men's cross country team huddles up before
"I was extremely
pleased with the
way we ended the
University of Kansas
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STORY BY STEVE BARNACK
LAYOUT BY RACHELLE POIRIER
The impact the sophomores made this year to the Butler Grizzly football team was unbelievable.
In some people's minds this team was never really supposed to go undefeated in the season or
even reach the national title game again. Next year, 14 of the 19 sophomores from this year's
team will continue their football careers with other colleges across the nation.
Zac Taylor, the star quaterback from Norman, Okla., immediatley made his presence known by throwing
for 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns. Because of Taylor's efforts he will compete for the starting quarterback
position next year at Nebraska.
Also joining Taylor at Nebraska will be Frantz Hardy, who caught the ball 31 times for 758 yards and five
touchdowns, and defensive end Justin Tomerlin. Tomerlin recorded 12 sacks and 48 tackles while recovering
The reason Tomerlin finally decided on Nebraska was, "The coaching staff first of all, and the ability to
make an immediate impact in a program that is on their way back to the top."
Last year Brian Murph passed up on a chance to play at Southern Illinois. Murph will be attending the
University of Kansas this fall to join a program that has made better strides the past two seasons. Murph will
be a hard asset to replace after catching the ball 39 times for 782 yards and seven touchdowns.
Also joining Murph at KU will be linebacker Matt Zelzenak. Zelzenak recorded nine tackles and one sack
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